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Linguistics with TESOL

Linguistics with TESOL
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

(Teaching English to speakers of other Languages) Linguistics with TESOL can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Linguistics with TESOL by looking at the table at the end of this section.

About You

You are fascinated by all aspects of human language and communication; you are interested in finding out where language comes from and how we acquire it, how language changes over time, how it varies between people and between places, and between different genders and generations. You are keen to explore the role of language in wider society and to learn how languages work in contact and competition with each other. Studying linguistics with TESOL involves becoming a language expert. This means not just improving your language and communication skills but also learning about languages in the world.

Why study Linguistics with TESOL at UL?

The Linguistics and TESOL Section is located in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. All members of staff are highly active in research , and there is a close alignment between research and teaching expertise. Particular features of the Linguistics with TESOL pathway at University of Limerick include:

  • Foundation modules in linguistics and sociolinguistics (language in society) in your first year to give you a thorough introduction to the subject;
  • Modules on researching language in your second and third years, which will equip you with the tools to carry out research and analysis on a variety of types of language and texts;
  • Specialist modules covering topics such as - language and technology; language policy and politics; Irish- English; multilingualism; language and globalization; and media discourse analysis;
  • Training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in a specialized suite of three modules;
  • One year off-campus gaining valuable work experience through cooperative education placement and intercultural experience through Erasmus/ study abroad in one of our partner universities.

Linguistics is the study of language, and language is how we get things done in the world. The focus in UL is on sociolinguistics, which is concerned with the role of language in society. You will start in first year with more general, introductory modules and work your way towards more specialized modules in your final semesters:

  • Year 1: Introduction to Linguistics; Introduction to Sociolinguistics;
  • Year 2: How to research language (carrying out and designing research studies); Language and Society in Ireland; Language Technology;
  • Year 3: How to analyse language data (corpus methods, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, conversation analysis); TESOL 1 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.
  • Year 4: Multilingualism in a Globalizing World; Language Policy, Politics and Power. TESOL 2&3 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.

Linguistics with TESOL - Joint Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
LI4211 Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics LI4212 Linguistics 2: Sociolinguistics
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
LI4013 Linguistics 3: Researching Language 1   External Education Placement
  Students select 1:    
LI4023 Language and Society in Ireland    
LI4113 Language Technology    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement LI4006 Linguistics 4: Researching Language 2
      Students select 1:
    TE4106 TESOL 1
    CU4014 Analysing Media Discourse
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
LI4017 Linguistics 5: Multilingualism in a Globalizing World   LI4018 Linguistics 6: Language Policy and Politics
  Students select 1:   Students select 1:
TE4107 TESOL 2 TE4108 TESOL 3
CU4128 New Media, Language & Globalization CU4116 Language and Cultural Theory


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry
Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Studying linguistics opens the door to a whole range of careers, as expertise in language and communication is in very high demand across almost all sectors and professions. Here are some examples:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Masters required)
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Language consultancy (surveys and testing)
  • Lexicography (development of dictionaries)
  • Linguistic analysis for digital media companies
  • Media, journalism and publishing,
  • Advertising and PR
  • Information Technology Sector
  • Research and teaching in further and higher education

Follow-on Study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include;

  • MA / Structured PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • MSc Speech and Language Therapy
  • Structured PhD in Applied Languages
  • MA Journalism (with Grad Dip option)
  • MA Technical Communication and eLearning